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60 Most Iconic Dance Music Anthems Of All Time [Part I]

From the 90s to now, we take a listen through 60 of the biggest dance music anthems of all time. 

A song can take you back instantly to a memory – a moment, a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment - that is the power of music.

Working year by year through our era’s finest productions, we’ve curated an ultimate list of the most sentimental club and festival classics of the last two decades to bring back the memories of those hazy late nights and sunshine-filled summer days. Take a nostalgic trip back through the years to re-discover some of the landmark tracks that defined dance music in its entirety.

While these night not necessarily be the highest charting, most critically acclaimed, or the biggest sellers - it is undeniable these are some of the most pivotal tunes and iconic anthems of all time, playing a part in thrusting both artists and genres into the global spotlight and changing the face of music as we know it.

1995 – 2000

Our list begins in the early part of the 90’s – a collection of tracks that worked their way through the epicenter of the decade and defined dance music. Starting with Robert Miles’ timeless "Children," we re-visit some of the most memorable tunes of all time from the likes of none other than Underworld, Daft Punk, Zombie Nation, and more.

Robert Miles - "Children"

Underworld - "Born Slippy"

Daft Punk - "Around The World"

Delerium ft. Sarah McLachlan - "Silence"

Darude - "Sandstorm"

Zombie Nation - "Kernkraft 400"

Daft Punk - "One More Time"

Fragma - "Toca's Miracle"

2001 - 2005

Here we hit the first high-energy mainstream dance explosion of the 21st century. Take yourself back to the first parties of Y2K and reflect on some of the most infectious tunes to hit the turntables by the world’s best of the time. During these years, smashing singles like Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction” and Michael Gray’s “The Weekend” made their way into the mainstream, along with tracks from the best avant-garde sub-genres and some of dance music’s biggest classics ever (Tiesto – eyes are on you.)

Basement Jaxxx - "Where's Your Head At?" 

Daft Punk - "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"

David Guetta vs The Egg - "Love Don’t Let Me Go"

Benny Benassi – "Satisfaction"

Ferry Corsten - "Punk"

Eric Prydz - "Call On Me"

Michael Gray - "The Weekend"

Bob Sinclar - "Love Generation"

Digitalism – "Zdarlight"

Tiesto - "Adagio For Strings"

2006 - 2011 (Pt. II)

2012 - 2013 (Pt. III)

Photo Credit: Doug Van Sant for MadeEvent.com

Written by Lauren Mikkor

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